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Athlete Protection

 

USA Ultimate is committed to fostering a safe and healthy environment for all of its members., We have partnered wtih the Safe Sport Movement, led by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in order to meet this goal.

The following rules, policies, education and tools are intended to serve our members and community as we work together to maintain this safe environment.

USA Ultimate + Safe Sport

Prohibited Conduct

In accordance with Safe Sport & the USA Ultimate Conduct Policy, all USA Ultimate employees, volunteers, athletes , members, coaches, and chaperones are prohibited from engaging in the following conduct with athletes at any time:

  Bullying   Bullying is the use of coercion or constant cruelty to obtain control over another person
       
  Hazing   Hazing is conduct which is intimidating, humiliating, offensive or physically harmful, often in order to join or remain a part of a group or team.
       
  Harassment, including Sexual Harassment   Harassment includes any pattern of physical or non-physical behaviors that are intended to cause fear, humiliation or annoyance; offend or degrade; create a hostile environment; or reflect discriminatory bias in an attempt to establish dominance, superiority or power over an individual participant or group bases on gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual expression or mental or physical disability.
       
  Emotional Misconduct   Emotional misconduct involves a pattern of deliberate, non-contact behavior that has the potential to cause emotional or psychological harm to a participant. These behaviors may include verbal acts, physical acts or acts that deny attention or support
       
  Physical Misconduct   Physical misconduct is actual or threatening physical contact that intentionally causes or has the potential to cause the participant to sustain bodily harm or personal injury.
       
  Sexual Misconduct  

Sexual misconduct of a minor occurs when any physical contact occurs for the purpose of causing sexual arousal or gratification of either the minor or the adult.

This includes and prohibits romantic or sexual relationships, regardless of age, between individuals with a position of power or supervisory role over athletes, (e.g. coach, Tournament Director,etc). This does not include pre-existing relationships between two spouses or life partners. For factors that may be relevant to determining whether an imbalance of power exists, consult the USOC's Athlete Protection Policy.

 

USA Ultimate members, participants, and parents shall familiarize themselves with each form of misconduct and shall refrain from engaging in misconduct, Ignorance is not an excuse. Any USA Ultimate participant, chaperone, parent, or volunteer found to have engaged in this conduct is subject to appropriate disciplinary action including, but not limited to, suspension, permanent suspesion and/or referral to law enforcement authorities.

USA Ultimate will work with the USOC, The National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI), our members, and experts in the field to continually provide additional and up-to-date resources for preventing, indentifying, stopping, and responding to all forms of prohibited conduct.

 

Reporting Prohibited Conduct

Prohibited conduct can be reported by any individual to:

1-800-872-4384 x115 or mike@hq.usaultimate.org  |  Mike Lovinguth, Manager of Education & Youth Programs 

All reports of prohibited conduct are taken seriously and may be immediately reffered to law enforcement, the USA Ultimate Judiciary Committee, or appropriate full time staff at USA Ultimate. Reportees will be asked to submit a conduct complaint form.

  • Background Screening

  • Concussion Safety

  • Health & Safety

  • Codes of Conduct

  •  NCSI Background Screening

    How to obtain a new NCSI background check:

    Step 1: Log into your member account (just above the menu)

    Step 2: Head to the "My Coach" account from within your member account
    Step 3: Click on the button to  runbgcheck

    Cost:

    $21.50 for two years

    (Some additional fees may apply for a limited number of specific counties, payable through the NCSI website.)

    About:

    The National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) has long been trusted by our nation’s premiere sport governing bodies, the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and thousands of other grass roots sports programs. These organizations trust NCSI because of [the] history of pioneering national standards and advancing the quality of background screenings in the youth and amatuer sports community. NCSI's experience and expertise in working with Governing Bodies and their grassroots constituents [meet] the increasing needs of today’s amateur sports organizations. (NCSI, www.ncsisafe.org)

    Programs/Requirements:

    Chaperones: USA Ultimate requires NCSI Green-Light chaperones for any team with a player under the age of 18 participating in USA Ultimate sanctioned and championships events

    Coaches: As of April 2012, all coaches of teams at USA Ultimate competition are required to be Green-Light screened by NCSI.


    Content of the Background Check:

    Convictions for any of the following crimes will prompt a determination that an applicant ‘does not meet’ the criteria to serve a youth-serving organization:

    R1. Any felony (any crime punishable by confinement greater than one year)

    a. Defined on the basis of exposure for the offense for which the defendant was convicted, pled guilty, pled nolo contendere or which is pending a disposition. If pled down, then the crime for which the defendant ultimately was convicted.

    b. Defined as all crimes punishable by greater than one year in jail or prison, regardless of how characterized by jurisdiction. If range, alternate sentencing, or indeterminate sentencing, outer range greater than one year.

    R2. Any lesser crime involving force or threat of force against a person.

    R3. Any lesser crime of a sexual nature or classified as a sex offense including but not limited to "victimless" crimes of a sexual nature such as prostitution, pornography, indecent exposure; and crimes in which sexual relations is an element.

    R4. Any lesser crime involving controlled substances (not paraphernalia or alcohol).

    R5. Any lesser crime involving cruelty to animals.

    R6. Any sex offender registrant.

    R7. Any lesser crime involving harm to a minor

  •  Concussion Safety Resources

    Nationally, concussion awareness and safety programs, laws and requirements have received a great deal of attention over the past few years.

    Education

    USA Ultimate recommends the CDC "Heads Up Safety" program, a free one-hour online training: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/headsup/youth.html.

    USA Ultimate's participant waiver includes important information from the CDC regarding concussion safety :
    http://www.usaultimate.org/membership/usa_ultimate_membership_forms.aspx

    Coaching Requirements

    Coaches at USA Ultimate events are required to have completed a concussion awareness and safety recognition program (like the CDC program above or other local or state-recommended course). Coaches should not submit records of course completion to USA Ultimate, but should maintain records on-site while coaching.

    Removal & Return to Play

    All guidelines identified by the CDC must be strictly followed in the event of a suspected concussion:

    1. Remove athlete from play.

    2. Ensure athlete is evaluated by an health care professional trained in concussion diagnosis and management.

    Do not try to judge the seriousness of the injury yourself.

    3. If a minor, inform athlete's parents or guardians about the known or possible concussion and give them the fact sheet on concussion.

    4. Allow athlete to return to play only with permission from an appropriate health care professional.

  •  Health and Safety

    USA Ultimate has two established committees on Health and Safety: the Medical Advisory Board and the Health and Performance Committee. These volunteer committees are comprised of experienced professionals from various health and safety fields who hail from both inside and outside the ultimate community.

    USA Ultimate has established Health, Safety, and Liability Requirements for USA Ultimate Sanctioned and Championship Events.

  •  USA Ultimate Codes of Conduct

    USA Ultimate has created or adapted the following codes of conduct for our various member roles:

    USA Ultimate Conduct Policy
    USA Ultimate Coaching Ethics Code
    USA Ultimate Spirit of Coaching